The BMJ censors cogent comments

A few days ago, I left a comment for a one Dr Frank Ashall on the British Medical Journal web site in regard to a comment he left on an article concerning electronic cigarettes.
The link is below.

Public Health Moralists are promoting harm – BMJ

I left a comment to Dr. Ashall because I thought his moral high ground was flawed and narrow minded, and I still do. The BMJ however removed my comment with no reason that I am aware of. Perhaps it was at Dr Ashall’s request, who knows. It certainly was not for questionable content. Regardless of the reason, I will repost my reply to Dr. Ashall below. Censorship is cowardly and the BMJ nor Dr Ashall won’t have the luxury of removing my comment from here.

Ashall’s comment:

Dr Frank Ashall to David Sweanor • 5 months ago

I think that your statements are as much “moralistic” as the ones you criticize as being moralistic. By making the debate a “moralistic” issue, you fail to recognize the importance of solid scientific data (or lack of it) as well as the potential public health harms of e-cigarettes, which are being sold by most companies for profits, appealing to youth, and not so much for potential health benefits.

In the 1950s the cigarette industry introduced cigarette filters and convinced millions of smokers that they were safe. It turns out that filters are no safer than not having them, and even may have contributed to increased prevalence of adenocarcinoma, a now-common type of lung cancer.

Claims of safety are not always correct, and experience and wisdom should tell us that proper regulation and scientific studies are needed. Products sold, in an unregulated way and particularly for profit, in 8000 flavours and containing nicotine, an addictive substance that can also cause direct harm itself, need to be regulated properly.

If e-cigarettes can help some people quit smoking, let them be made available to those smokers in a regulated way, and not sold in shops to youth as if they were candy.

My comment:

gotsteam to Dr Frank Ashall 2 days ago – Removed

Two months later and no reports of vapor causing any harm to humans as yet.. Time will show and I’ll be waiting.
Oh and wondering if you heard that Public Health England concludes that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful to health than tobacco and have the potential to help smokers quit smoking.
Key findings of the review include:

1) The current best estimate is that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking

2) Nearly half the population (44.8%) don’t realise e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking

3) There is no evidence so far that e-cigarettes are acting as a route into smoking for children or non-smokers

I wonder how many pediatricians in the UK belong to PHE..
Scare monger much?

Oh, and if the BMJ removes my most recent comment to Dr. Ashall left 30 minutes ago, it is duly reported below as well.

gotsteam to Dr Frank Ashall • 22 minutes ago

“If e-cigarettes can help some people quit smoking, let them be made available to those smokers in a regulated way, and not sold in shops to youth as if they were candy.”

You mean like they do in convenience stores selling regular cigarettes Frank?

My money is on the BMJ removing my comment but I won’t rule out Dr. Ashall having something to do with it as well.

Butthurt much Frank?


Remote Control Helicopter folds Into Controller


RC helicopters are a whole lot of fun. Problem is, they’re big and bulky and no one enjoys walking around with a large bag in tow. While there’s plenty of options in small radio-controlled flyers, we’re guessing this Mini Folding IR RC Helicopter will trump them all in the portability department.

Made by Docooler, the RC helicopter isn’t just tiny, it folds into an even smaller bundle, too. How small? Small enough that it can actually fit into a slot on the included remote, so it’s the only thing you need to carry with you.

Tobacco States Say E-Cigarettes Are Safe

As the FDA continues to look at regulating the e-cigarette industry and many cities across the world are implementing no e-cigarette smoking bans, the latest study on the use of e-cigarettes may be clouding the picture.

On July 30th the journal Addiction published a study on the health risks of e-cigarettes. One of the study’s researchers is Thomas Eissenberg, the co-director of the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. Eissenberg stated, “current evidence suggests that there is a potential for smokers to reduce their health risks if electronic cigarettes are used in place of tobacco cigarettes and are considered a step toward ending all tobacco and nicotine use.” Some proponents of e-cigarettes are using this study as proof of the e-cigarette’s safety. In the “for what it’s worth” category, keep in mind that VCU is located in the heart of tobacco country, the home of Philip Morris USA, the tobacco division of Altria Group, Inc.

Eissenberg says that the e-cigs are a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes—which may be true at this point in time when we have little long-term research to speak safely about the health risks of e-cigs. He notes that e-cigs would be safer when used as a tool for “ending all tobacco and nicotine use”. But, unfortunately, e-cigarettes are not being used exclusively by people who want to stop using tobacco products. With their candy flavorings and clever marketing, e-cigs are attracting a much younger customer base, many of whom have never smoked traditional cigarettes.

Dr. Norman Edelman, a senior medical consultant for the American Lung Association feels we do not have enough information to effectively weigh the benefits with long-term risks.”It is imperative that the FDA finalize proposed e-cigarette regulations by the end of 2014,” he said. “The FDA needs to crack down on quit-smoking and other health claims that e-cigarette companies are making,” Edelman said. (HealthDay, 7/30)

It’s too soon to give e-cigarettes the seal of approval. And, while many of the proponents of e-cigarettes say e-cigs are mainly for tobacco users who are trying to quit, as discussed in earlier articles, the CDC is reporting a significant increase in sales and use of e-cigarettes among middle-schoolers and teens. According to the CDC, “altogether, in 2012 more than 1.78 million middle and high school students nationwide had tried e-cigarettes.”

What might be considered a small health risk for a tobacco-addicted adult is not the same for children as young as 10 years of age who are inhaling nicotine-laced products, which are known to contain the same chemicals found in antifreeze.

Last month the American Medical Association asked for tighter restrictions on the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes. “The AMA’s recommendations include a minimum age of purchase; childproof packaging; restrictions on flavors that appeal to young people, and a ban on unsupported claims that the devices help people quit smoking.”

Let’s not necessarily view this most recent study as a sign that e-cigarettes are safe. Perhaps they are safer than traditional, tobacco cigarettes, and perhaps they help cigarette smokers quit smoking, but classifying e-cigs as “safe” may be a bit premature. The FDA can use this one piece of data as it gets an overall, broad picture of the uses and risks of e-cigarettes. Until we know the whole story, a very cautious approach, at a minimum, should be used when discussing e-cigarettes.

go figure

The United States is currently 3rd in Murders throughout the World .

But if you take out Chicago, Detroit, Washington DC , and New Orleans,
the United States is 4th from the Bottom for Murders, throughout the
These 4 Cities also have the toughest Gun Control Laws in the United

And all 4 Cities are controlled by liberal Democrats.

However—It probably would be “absurd” to draw any conclusions from
this data.


the rubik’s cube by john dee

rubix_cube God bless Erno Rubik, inventor of the Rubiks Cube. I have one in my lunch bag and because I am such a dirtbag, I let the guys see me not solving the cube for about a week to reel them in.

Then I placed a few wagers and solved it in 1 minute 39 seconds and gained 24 dollars from those saps. One would think after nearly 8 years of watching me do crossword puzzles in 20 minutes they would put two and two together. Loads of fun back in the day and still fun today.